Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Mika Nakashima as Nana

Finally saw Japanese manga-based movie Nana and needless to say, I really liked it. Although I was never into the punk look, I have to say Mika Nakashima looks *really* good in it. Everything about her just looks so awesome – her hair, her clothes and of course, her makeup! And since one of Nana’s major looks is smoky eyes (my favorite), I am going to write about it today.

Here’s a breakdown of the Nana look:

* Smoky eyes
* Light eyebrows
* Pale skin
* Red lips
* Red/Black nails

Step-by-step Tutorial On Getting Nana’s Makeup Look:

1. Do your foundation, concealer and powder as usual.

2. Lighten your eye brows by either using a lighter brow gel or simply applying translucent powder on top.

3. Dust an extra layer of loose powder under your eyes to catch any fall-out.

4. Start by coloring your entire eyelid with a black pencil eyeliner.

5. Apply a medium brown eyeshadow on your crease to increase depth. Blend downwards.

6. Apply a silver eyeshadow all over the eyelid, blending onto the crease.

7. Line your upper and lower lash lines with a black eyeliner. I suggest using a liquid liner for more intensity or MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack if you do not have a steady hand.

8. Curl your eyelashes and apply two to three coats of mascara. For a more dramatic look, apply false lashes.

9. Sweep off the excess loose powder under your eyes.

9. Skip blush.

10. Pucker up in a red lipstick if you have pale skin. Go with a nude color if you are on the dark side.


  1. Wow, you are fantastic. I love your ideas, and overall this article is awesome. I followed your steps and i can honestly say that it was the best makeup job ever!
    thank again luv,

  2. I saw this breakdown a few days ago, and then googled Mika..and listened to a few of her songs (and REALLY REALLY loved them; she has such a great voice m.a.) ..and then..watched Nana..which is so great.

    Thank you for pointing this awesome celeb out to me :)

    And your breakdown. It works so well on me!

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